November 8, 2017 Pary Shuaib

I think about my dokhtaraiy khala dokhtaraiy ama dokhtaraiy mama dokhtaraiy kaka. All my cousins, the babies and the boys, my only remaining grandparent, I may barely know them but like a fighter who has lost a limb I miss their presence. Our parents are our ties if they survived…

November 7, 2017 FWW Admin

mother i am told i have your eyes and yet what you see as life, i see as a graveyard you do not know what to do with a daughter like me a daughter you deem difficult because she does not know how to stay silent and swallow her grief…

November 1, 2017 Marzia Nawrozi 1Comment

The first time I experienced sexual harassment I was only six years old. I used to go to our neighbor’s house every day and play with their daughter. She had two older brothers who would hug and kiss me and pull my curly hair. One day I got so upset and…

October 31, 2017 Aisha Azimi 1Comment

“Je ne suis jamais tombée amoureuse,” explique Mejgan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, à ‘Too Young to Wed’ (Trop jeune pour se marier). Elle fait partie de ces enfants déjà mariés. En effet, toutes les minutes, 28 autres jeunes filles comme Mejgan se retrouvent mariées alors, encore mineure. En…

October 24, 2017 FWW Admin

By Pashtana Durrani Every day I rise, To make the impossible possible, I wake up to bring a change, I will not give up, Not now, not ever. I am Zahra who will speak up, I am Farkhunda who was murdered for no reason, But I will not give up,…

October 13, 2017 Maryam Laly

This is for all the women who bent their heads so we could stand tall. Courage is not always loud. Sometimes you can be oblivious to it happening before your eyes. The courage that has gotten us here May not be heard, but it lives in the eyes of a…

October 13, 2017 Zahra Wakilzada

I am a daughter. I am the daughter of a woman who smiled when I was born. That woman who did not stop smiling because of quibbles. I am the daughter of a brave woman who makes me braver every day. I am the daughter of my mother. The mother…

October 11, 2017 Aisha Azimi

“In my whole life, I never felt love,” 15-year old Mejgan told Too Young to Wed. She was a child bride, and not the only one. In fact, every minute 28 girls like Mejgan get married before the age of eighteen. Today is International Day of the Girl and we…

October 4, 2017 Maryam Laly

Afghanistan lost an icon for human rights last week. Born in Kandahar, Sima Wali was a tireless advocate for Afghan refugees and women throughout her life. She was one of only three women at the historical U.N.-organized Bonn Conference after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. At the conference,…

September 28, 2017 Frozan Sarwary

By Frozan Sarwary Dear daughter, Wake up! I have woken up from ignorance today and I am waking you up so we can walk towards a brighter future together. From the day that God gave you to me, I have been thinking about how I should raise you so that…

September 21, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Shukria Dellawar is an Afghan-American peace and security expert, writer, poet, and outspoken human rights advocate. She has worked with Afghan and global organizations including Women for Afghan Women, Women Thrive Worldwide and Center for International Policy and has long advocated for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Recently, my colleague Marzia…

September 8, 2017 FWW Admin

By Marzia When I left school in the fall of 1995, I didn’t know that I wouldn’t be able to return for six years. The years that followed could’ve been spent learning and improving myself, but they turned into the darkest and the scariest years of my life when the…